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Rutgers Master Gardener Program

Rutgers Master Gardeners are unique group of volunteers trained in horticulture by Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel to provide outreach programs to home gardeners in their community.

What do we do? These volunteers learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers. Where do we work? Through opportunities in and through the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the existing Master Gardener program, newly trained volunteers return 100 hours within 18 months of completing their training to becomeCertified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified and active in the program, volunteers return 25 hours annually while also attending 10 hours of continuing education each year. Community service includes such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Speaker's Bureau, Horticultural Therapy, Public Outreach Events, and many others. University service includes volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

WE WANT YOU! Want to be a Master Gardener? Print and return the application, pre-test and volunteer agreement (found to the right of this webpage). Applications due by June 2, 2018 - 2018/2019 PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN. Click here for the flyer.

Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, April 14, 2018

10-12 pm

At the Jointure Creative Campus (Old York School) located at 580 Old York Rd. in Branchburg

Vegetable Gardening I: Planning and Soil Preparation:
Do you want to turn a sunny patch of your lawn into a place to grow vegetables? Topics covered will include choosing the right site for vegetables, building and tilling your soil, learning which vegetables grow well in our area, creating a garden plan and advice on choosing plants and selecting tools.
Vegetable Gardening II: Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting:
Now that your soil is ready, it’s time to get the vegetables in there!  Topics will include how to properly plant, support, water and feed your new garden. Learn gardening practices that will help you keep your plants healthy during the growing season, and how to harvest what you grow.

The cost is $35 per person.   Register by calling the Jointure Creative Campus at 908-722-1563.   

Any questions, call the Master Gardener Helpline at 908-526-6293, option 3.

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Contact the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline:

Phone icon.908-526-6293, ext. 3 (March - October, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.

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